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  • 2018 election
  • U.S. Senate race
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

A group of Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s longtime supporters and staff are hoping to remind Californians of the senator’s quarter century of work in Washington with a new super political action committee called “Delivering for California.”

“I want Dianne Feinstein in the crucible,” said former California Democratic Party Chairman Phil Angelides. “I can’t think of anyone who is better equipped for these extraordinary times.” 

Angelides, who is also a former state treasurer, and labor rights icon Dolores Huerta will serve as co-chairs.

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The former employer of  Rep. Linda Sanchez’s husband, Jim Sullivan, paid $35,000 to settle a 2015 harassment complaint against him, according to the settlement agreement. 

Norwich Public Utilities agreed in May 2016 to pay $35,000 to settle a harassment complaint filed by a female utilities employee in September 2015 against Sullivan, who was then chairman of the Connecticut-based utilities commission. A month later, Sullivan resigned from the commission he had served on for 16 years.

“My husband and I have addressed this as a family. It does not affect my views on the need for serious change in how we deal with and put an end to workplace harassment,” Sanchez, who is the vice chairwoman of the House Democratic Caucus, said in a statement Tuesday.

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Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) announced earlier Tuesday that he planned to hold a “town hall” on Facebook to answer questions from constituents on a video live stream. 

Rohrabacher didn’t hold an in-person town hall last year, but did hold at least three telephone town halls in 2017. His spokesman, Ken Grubbs, says they’re conducive to “more thoughtful questions and answers and do not abide organized protests in which constituents cannot communicate with him.”

Hours before the live stream began, Facebook users began posting questions on the event page about sanctuary cities, sober living homes, gun control and the Russia investigation. Rohrabacher said questions would be chosen from the ones posted there.

  • Congressional races
  • 2018 election
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California Rep. Mike Thompson of St. Helena is trying to get support for a rarely successful procedural move that would force a vote on a bill to require background checks for all gun purchases.

Thompson, a lifelong hunter who leads the Democrats’ Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, introduced the bill with Republican Rep. Peter King of New York in November. It has been sitting in committee since.

The bill would expand the use of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System for guns that are purchased online and at gun shows.

  • Congressional races
  • 2018 election
(Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call)

In case you missed it, the Democrats running to unseat Republican Rep. Mimi Walters in Orange County had some major drama at the state party convention this weekend. Up for grabs was the official California Democratic Party endorsement, and UC Irvine law professor David Min nabbed it. 

As his opponents raced to try to challenge the endorsement, accusations flew that Min and his camp engaged in “intimidating” behavior in the convention halls, while his supporters urged others not to overturn a vote of local activists.

Asked Monday about the fracas, Walters sounded pretty confident.

  • 2018 election
(J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

Rep. Devin Nunes’ high-profile role in the House Russia investigation has prompted one state political action committee to focus its attention on his Central Valley seat.

The committee, Red to Blue California, was created to steer money to the seven Republican-held districts in the state that backed Hillary Clinton for president, but Nunes’ Tulare district backed Trump by 10 percentage points.

Committee spokesman Andrew Feldman said the group added Nunes’ seat to its target list because it has received a lot of requests to focus on the race, and fundraising emails that mention the House Select Intelligence Committee chairman’s name bring in three times more donations than emails that don’t. Nunes has several Democratic opponents.

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Standing in a darkened room, California’s most powerful politicians were peppered with catcalls. “Hey beautiful! Why aren't you smiling?” “You're too fine to be walking out here alone!” Those were the mild ones. Many more were sexually explicit or profane.

  • 2018 election
  • California Republicans
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, left, shakes hands with former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, left, shakes hands with former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Jay LaPrete / Associated Press)

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ohio Gov. John Kasich will headline an event to debut a new group seeking to reform the California Republican Party.

The pair will deliver speeches and participate in panels on March 21 in Los Angeles at an event for New Way California, a group formed by Assemblyman Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley).

“They will be focused on reminding the Republican Party we need them to be successful, but in order to be successful, they need to choose policies and messaging that helps them grow rather than continue to shrink,” said Daniel Ketchell, a spokesman for Schwarzenegger.